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Jayson Tatum named to All-Rookie First Team

Sara Civian
May 22, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum recieved NBA First Team All-Rookie honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Tatum became the first Celtic named to the team since Paul Pierce in 1998-99. Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Kyle Kuzma, and Lauri Markkanen round out the 2017-18 squad.

The 10th rookie in Celtics history to nab the honor was only one vote away from unanimous selection with 99 points. His performance speaks for itself -- he led all rookies in three point percentage, also averaging 13.9 points and 5 rebounds per game on the regular season.

What did the perputually humble Brad Stevens think when he heard Tatum fell one vote short of unanimous selection?

"Somebody made a mistake," he told reporters.

The team is compiled before playoffs, but the 20-year-old became the first player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring in six playoff games before he could legally drink a beer in the U.S. (via Elias Sports).

Tatum was drafted No. 3 overall in 2017. He was forced to step up sooner than anyone could’ve anticipated with Gordon Hayward’s injury and embraced the challenge. He started in a team-high 80 games, played a total of 2,438 minutes, and led the team in steals.

Tatum is also a finalist for the NBA’s rookie of the year award, alongside Simmons and Mitchell. The winner will be announced June 25th.

(Don't let any of this distract you from the fact that Semi Ojeleye received precisely one vote, which is fun.) 

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